As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to raise a glass of exceptional bubbly to toast the joy, love, and festivities that come with this magical time of year. And when it comes to sparkling wines, Champagne Taittinger stands tall as one of the most revered and celebrated producers in the world. With a rich history rooted in passion and quality, Taittinger has been synonymous with elegance and excellence for nearly a century. In this blog post, we will explore what makes Champagne Taittinger an outstanding choice for holiday celebrations, delicious food pairings, and share some fun ways serve this exquisite bubbly.
Champagne Taittinger is one of the few remaining family owned and operated Champagne houses and carries a legacy of over 85 years. Each bottle reflects the meticulous craftsmanship and dedication to producing exceptional quality. The house’s philosophy centers around precision, grace, and finesse, resulting in elegant and refined champagne that embodies the holiday spirit.
Taittinger offers a diverse portfolio of champagnes, ensuring there is something to suit every taste and occasion. From crisp and fruity to rich and complex, Taittinger’s range encompasses a variety of styles, allowing you to find the perfect match for your holiday festivities.
With their wines, Champagne Taittinger focuses on high quality production by exceeding minimum aging for all cuvées, using a high percentage of estate grapes, and implementing sustainable practices. Champagne Taittinger uses a higher proportion of Chardonnay grapes in its blends than other large houses. For more on the Champagne House and my recent visit, check out this blog post.
Many people don’t know that you can pair Champagne with pretty much anything. Yes, even meat! Champagne Taittinger has a range of wines in their portfolio that makes it fun to pair with different foods. Here are a few delightful food pairing ideas for your holiday hosting with Champagne.
Start your evening with a classic and refreshing pairing. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know how much I love raw oysters. The intense minerality and bright acidity of Taittinger Brut Réserve complements the briny freshness of oysters, showcasing the union of land and sea in a perfect balance.
For the main course, celebrate with a luxurious pairing of roasted ham and Taittinger Prestige Rosé. The delicate red fruit flavors and hints of spice in the wine accentuate the succulent and sweet flavors of the ham, while the crisp acidity cuts through the richness.
Indulge in decadence with a pairing of truffle risotto and the prestigious Taittinger Comtes de Champagne. This remarkable champagne, with its exceptional complexity and fine bubbles, harmonizes beautifully with the earthy and aromatic flavors of the truffle, creating a truly extravagant pairing.
End your holiday celebration on a sweet note by pairing your favorite holiday dessert with Taittinger Nocturne. Whether its pecan pie or holiday cookies, this demi-sec Champagne has hints of sweetness and luscious fruitiness that will enhance the flavors of your holiday treats.
Beyond the traditional flute, there are various fun and creative ways to serve Champagne Taittinger, adding a touch of whimsy to your holiday celebration. Try these fun tips for holiday hosting with Champagne!
Create a visually stunning centerpiece by building a Champagne tower with multiple levels of coupe glasses. Carefully pour small amounts of Taittinger Brut Réserve at the top, allowing the champagne to cascade downward, providing an eye-catching and elegant spectacle. While I have yet to try this at home, I’m thinking this might be the year…
Put a sparkling twist on classic cocktails by substituting Taittinger Brut Réserve for the traditional sparkling wine ingredient. Whether it’s a Champagne Mojito, Mimosa, or a Kir Royale, these cocktails add a festive flair to your holiday soirée.
Serve your Champagne Taittinger in a stylish ice bucket filled with frozen fruit slices and garnishes such as cranberries, rosemary, and citrus wheels. This not only keeps your champagne chilled but also adds a burst of color and flavor to the glass.
Over Thanksgiving, I taught my family how to Saber Champagne and it was such a fun activity! Ensure you have a nice cold bottle and practice caution. Nothing says the holidays like sabering a cold bottle of Taittinger.
Champagne Taittinger is the epitome of excellence and refinement, making it an ideal choice for celebrating the joys of the holiday season. Whether you choose their non-vintage Brut Réserve or indulge in their prestige cuvée, each bottle of Taittinger represents the pinnacle of craftsmanship and elegance. Pair it with delectable dishes to enhance your tasting experience, and explore creative ways to serve this exceptional champagne to delight your guests. Cheers to a sparkling and unforgettable holiday season with Champagne Taittinger!